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The Cracked Crystal Ball II, Canada

Friday, July 19, 2013

Catholic.org Spouts Off On Transgender Issues

Posted by MgS at 7/19/2013 03:40:00 PM

I’ve tripped over the website “catholic. org” a couple of times in the
past. Generally, I haven’t paid them much attention because they seem
to be slightly more off their rocker than LifeSiteNews.

However, they posted a particularly vile article today entitled
“Gender Is Gift: The Dangers Of The Gender Identity Movement Must Be
Exposed” <http://www.catholic .org/national/ national_ story.php? id=51735>
.

Part I: Who Is CatholicOnline. org?

The first thing I did was try to find out who, or what, is behind the
website. A quick whois dump was quite uninformative:

Domain ID:D129277-LROR

Domain Name:CATHOLIC. ORG

Created On:16-Nov-1994 05:00:00 UTC

Last Updated On:16-Nov-2012 18:39:42 UTC

Expiration Date:15-Nov- 2015 05:00:00 UTC

Sponsoring Registrar:Network Solutions, LLC (R63-LROR)

Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED

Registrant ID:46032708- NSIV

Registrant Name:Catholic Online, LLC

Registrant Organization: Catholic Online, LLC

Registrant Street1:ATTN insert domain name here

Registrant Street2:care of Network Solutions

Registrant Street3:

Registrant City:Drums

Registrant State/Province: PA

Registrant Postal Code:18222

Registrant Country:US

Registrant Phone:+1.5707088780

Registrant Phone Ext.:

Registrant FAX:

Registrant FAX Ext.:

Registrant Email:ry62y8nt8zg@ networksolutions privateregistrat ion.com

About all it did was show a link to Catholic Online, LLC. Which
frankly tells us very little about who is behind this. The first, and
most important, question in my mind was whether or not this group was
somehow affiliated with the Catholic Church itself. A little bit of
digging led me to the California Secretary of State website which has
a nice little feature for looking up company names:

Results of search for ” CATHOLIC ONLINE ” returned 1 entity record.
Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
201003010162 01/28/2010 ACTIVE CATHOLIC ONLINE, LLC MICHAEL L GALLOWAY

It doesn’t give much more than that, and I’m not surprised by that. A
little bit of digging around turns up a few articles about Mr.
Galloway, but nothing particularly revealing beyond having been
embroiled in a number of lawsuits over the years.

What it does tell me is enough to be fairly comfortable that any
relationship between Catholic Online, LLC and the Catholic Church
itself is arms length, and what is published there is reflective of
the company and its ownership and is not directed out of Rome.

Part II: The Article Itself: Gender Is Gift: The Dangers Of The
Gender Identity Movement Must Be Exposed
<http://www.catholic .org/national/ national_ story.php? id=51735>

Every single human cell contains chromosomes which identify
whether we are male or female. That cannot be changed. It is a given.
In fact, it is a gift.

Welcome to the opening line – the standard trope we’ve heard from
various sources in the right wing when arguing against any kind of
accommodation for transgender people. Chromosomes determine sex, and
sex determines gender … or so the argument goes. Of course, there
are a plethora of intersex conditions which call that little bit of
nonsense into question.

The Gender Identity Movement insists upon the recognition in the
positive law of a newfound right to somehow choose one’s gender. They
insist upon laws which accommodate, fund, and enforce this newfound
right. Those involved in the activist wing of the movement want to
compel the rest of society to recognize their vision of a brave new
world or face the Police Power of the State. In a culture where
freedom is redefined as a right to choose anything and liberty has
degenerated into license, the newspeak of the age calls the
instrumental use of the body of another sexual freedom. Sadly, the
same spirit of the age fails to recognize the integral unity of the
human person, body, soul and spirit, and has turned the human body
into a machine with parts which the revolutionaries think can simply
be interchanged.

The grammar nazi in me desperately wants to tear this paragraph apart.
It is appallingly poorly structured.

However, there are basically three prongs of attack that they are setting out:

1. That laws which prohibit discrimination against transgender
people are somehow “creating” ; a right which did not exist before.
2. That transgender people, simply by existing in the public
sphere, are somehow central to the degeneration of society into
licentiousness.
3. That transgenderism is based on the notion of body parts being
interchangeable.

I have yet to fully understand what it is that people have against
ensuring that all members of society are freely able to live and
contribute equally, free from discrimination and marginalization.
Coming from an allegedly Christian source it is particularly
disappointing. One only has to spend a small amount of time reviewing
the history of early Christianity to observe that the modern day
church has its roots in a highly persecuted group. That they should
engage in the same kind of persecution today is testament to how far
the faith has drifted from its roots.

LGBT people have long been pointed to as an example of society
degenerating into licentiousness – mostly based on the mythology there
is something inherently immoral about someone whose sexual preferences
aren’t aligned with the “majority” ;. Really, this is rooted in little
more than social “othering” ; – a favourite tactic of bullies through
the ages.

The last claim fails entirely to address the realities of what it
means for someone to be transgender. First of all, it makes the
assumption that gender surgery is somehow a central feature of
transition. It is not. Second, as with the pithy quote used as an
introductory statement, it makes the false assumption that there is a
direct relationship between gender and genitals. Talk to anyone who
has walked through a gender transition, and you will find that even if
they have had Gender Reassignment Surgery (GRS), that there is an
awareness that the physical only defines a limited subset of gendered
experience.

Quoting former Pope Benedict XVI’s address to the Curia in December
2012, the article’ s author makes the following claims:

“The profound falsehood of this theory and of the anthropological
revolution contained within it is obvious. People dispute the idea
that they have a nature, given by their bodily identity, which serves
as a defining element of the human being. They deny their nature and
decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that
they make it for themselves. According to the biblical creation
account, being created by God as male and female pertains to the
essence of the human creature. This duality is an essential aspect of
what being human is all about, as ordained by God.”

“This very duality as something previously given is what is now
disputed. The words of the creation account: “male and female he
created them” (Gen 1:27) no longer apply. No, what applies now is
this: it was not God who created them male and female – hitherto
society did this, now we decide for ourselves. Man and woman as
created realities, as the nature of the human being, no longer exist.
Man calls his nature into question. From now on he is merely spirit
and will.”

Frankly, I do not expect any Pope to be terribly well versed in the
subtleties of human experience when it comes to gender, sexuality and
the accompanying social baggage. My expectations where Benedict XVI
(Ratzinger) are concerned are exceedingly low.

Ratzinger misses something that is critical in his analysis. He
presupposes that the physical body defines the person entirely. The
one thing that psychology has demonstrated in its relatively short
history is that mind and body are not guaranteed to be congruent.

Further, his attempt to interpret Genesis literally falls flat on its
face when confronted with actual evidence. Of particular note is the
existence of people who have CAS and other intersex conditions. These
are naturally occurring conditions, and just as much part of “God’ s
Creation” as anything else. Frankly, the rest of the Genesis story is
so riddled with statements that we know to be factually incorrect that
it is difficult to take seriously any attempt to read it literally.

These articles reflect where this is headed unless we expose it
and oppose it. The operative word in all of this is gender. Cultural
revolutionaries are intent on redefining the word. Then, using the
Police Power of the State, they insist that people be guaranteed a
right to choose their gender and change their mind at whim.

Babette Francis mentioned a book in the gender identity movement,
“Trans People in Love”, co-edited by Katrina Fox, an Australian
activist, who “wrote an emotive piece for the Australian Broadcasting
Commission recently entitled “Marriage needs redefining.” In it she
insists that all the “gender boundaries” surrounding marriage must be
removed. “A more inclusive option,” she begins, “is to allow
individuals to get married whatever their sex or gender, including
those who identify as having no sex or gender or whose sex may be
indeterminate. ”

Well, duh. As much as the far right wing likes to continue to insist
that the only kind of marriage that is valid is between a man and a
woman, countries like Canada who have legalized Same Sex Marriage
demonstrate clearly that there is absolutely no basis to the fear
mongering that society will collapse as a result. Further, existing
marriage laws in so many places hang transgender and intersex people
out to dry.

We also face an increase of what are wrongly referred to as Sex
Change or Gender Reassignment surgeries. Though those who suffer from
Gender Identity Disorder (GID) deserve empathy, the facts remain; no
such surgery can accomplish a change of gender or sexual identity. In
effect, they mutilate the body and destroy the bodily integrity of the
person.

Every single human cell contains chromosomes which identify
whether we are male or female. That cannot be changed. It is a given.
In fact, it is a gift.

As previously noted, chromosomes and DNA are far from the entire story
when it comes to gender. Even if you take the line that chromosomes =
sex, you run smack into having to explain a variety of intersex
conditions where chromosomes clearly do not equal sex. I’m not at all
certain that such simplistic aphorisms are ever going to be
meaningful.

Most transsexuals will tell you that if their “birth sex” was a gift,
it was given by someone with a particularly nasty sense of humour.

Removal of genitals and attachment of artificially constructed
ones which are absolutely incapable of ovulation or conception, in the
case of a transsexual male who tries to be a woman, or the generation
of sperm, in the case of a transsexual woman trying to be a man, does
not change the structure of reality.

The removal constitutes mutilation and the construction of
artificial organs with no reproductive function does not alter the
gender or sex of the person. Medical science confirms that our
identity as male or female affects even our brains. In addition, even
the physical appearance must be sustained by massive doses of
synthetic hormones.

The argument that GRS is somehow “mutilation&qu ot; fails to appropriately
examine the consequences of failing to provide that surgery for
transsexuals. Here is where the whole person arguments that the
religious love to throw around are obliged face the fact that GRS is
part of a protocol aimed at ensuring that the whole person is as
congruent as possible. No more, and no less.

In 2002 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of the
Catholic Church issued a letter sent without public release to every
Bishop. It clearly stated that such surgical procedures do not alter a
person’s gender and that in no circumstance are baptismal records of
such individuals who have undergone them to be altered. Further, the
document made clear that no one who has undergone such a surgery is
eligible to marry, be ordained to the priesthood or enter the
religious life.

At the time the letter was received from Rome, Bishop Wilton D.
Gregory of Belleville, Ill., was the President of the U.S. Bishops’
conference. He sent a letter to all US Bishops in which he wrote “The
altered condition of a member of the faithful under civil law does not
change one’s canonical condition, which is male or female as
determined at the moment of birth.”

The Gender Identity Movement insists upon the recognition in the
positive law of a newfound right to somehow choose one’s gender. They
insist upon laws which accommodate, fund, and enforce this newfound
right. Those involved in the activist wing of the movement want to
compel the rest of society to recognize their vision of a brave new
world or face the Police Power of the State.

In short, when you distill the entirety of their argument down, it
still reduces to preserving their religiously borne right to treat
others as second class citizens.

If the great danger that transgender people pose to the Catholic
Church is that their presence and existence will someday force the
church to treat all people as equal members of society, then perhaps
the Church needs to revisit its dogma and practices with an open heart
and mind. It is hard to argue that would be a bad thing.

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